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Former contractor pleads guilty to mutilating and destroying public records

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A man has plead guilty to mutilating and destroying United States Selective Service records of 50 or more individuals.

The records are part of the National Archives and are held at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. Through a partnership with Ancestry.com, the National Personnel Records Center was in the process of digitizing World War II era records.

According to court records, 31-year-old, Peter Panouzis had access to these original World War II era draft registration cards and the original attachments to those draft registration cards.

Panouzis was found to be tearing documents rather than scanning and digitizing all of the attachments on March 9 and 11.

After destroying the documents he would then stuff the torn pieces into his work gloves and throw them away.

On March 12, Panouzis called into his work and asked an archives technician who was working at the facility to do him a “favor” and discard a glove and other evidence near his work area.

After finding the archived records Panouzis had destroyed, the technician immediately contacted a supervisor.

This charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

Sentencing is set for December 10, 2015.

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